August 16th
Sunday, August 19
Outdoor Worship at 10 am

Join us this Sunday for our final outdoor worship service of the summer. We will celebrate the sacrament of baptism and continue our summer sermon series, Word. This week, Ken Jones will offer a reflection on Psalm 41:1-2. Amy Starr Redwine's sermon on the same text is entitled "With Us.

Celebration for Mindy Stewart
After worship, join us as we say thank you to Mindy Stewart, Director of Family Ministries, on her last day with us. We'll celebrate with cake and the presentation of gifts. All are welcome!

Music Notes
For the anthem and offertory at our outdoor service this week, we welcome a trio of lower-voiced singers: Covenant's Associate Director of Music, tenor Matthew Garrett, and Covenant Choir members, basses Silas Ifeanyi and Michael Peters. They will sing arrangements of two American hymns: "Sweet Hour of Prayer" and "Bound for the Promised Land."

Children:  Nursery for infants through Pre-K is available in the Creche . Children will stay in worship and participate in the baptism.

In Our Church Family

We pray for  Judy Bourne, Andrew Bullen, Akeya Clark (Marie Jones' niece), Paul Dirksen, Rob Engle, Marlene & William Finkenthal (David Finkenthal's parents), Chick Holtkamp, Stephanie Howard (Willie Howard's niece), Leone Kelly, Greg Madison, Barbara McGhee, Liam & Emilee Stewart (Mindy Stewart's nephew and sister), Anne Wombwell deConingh, June Tomko, Caroline Urvin, and Gabriel (Jenny Conner's grand-nephew). We pray for those struggling with illness, convalescing, or homebound; patients, family, and staff in our surrounding hospitals; and those who have left prayer requests in our Carpenter's Box

Out of the office:  Jonathan Moyer will be on vacation through August 26.

Please send prayer requests to Melanie Marsh Baum. Names are generally removed from the bulletin after four weeks unless there is a continuing need. Please let the church know if you or a loved one is in the hospital; HIPAA privacy regulations prevent hospitals from sharing this information.

Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. ~Galatians 6:2
Church Happenings

Music Opportunities:  The Covenant music ensembles (choir and handbells) are open to all volunteers seeking an opportunity for musical expression. Church membership is not required for participation. Students are welcome. Rehearsals resume on Thursday, September 6 at 6:30 pm for the Beckwith Handbell Choir and 7:30 pm for the Covenant Choir. If you are interested in joining any of these ensembles, please contact Jonathan Moyer or Matthew Garrett.

Women's Bible Study: The Church of the Covenant Women's Bible Study meets in the church library the first Wednesday of the month starting September 5, 2018 continuing through May 1, 2019. We will be using the Horizons Bible Study book God's Promise: I am with you. The books are available from Willie Howard in the church office. Please pick one up and read Lesson one for the September meeting. All interested women are welcome to join us. Please contact Karen Burt, convener for more information.

Dowd Commons Fundraiser:  Join us on  Friday, September 7 from 6:30-9:00pm  as we celebrate the debut of University Circle's newest hidden gem at the Church of the Covenant and raise the final dollars to complete The Dowd Commons. Click here for more information about the event and how to get your tickets!

Farewell to Mindy Stewart, Director of Family Ministries
Mindy's hard work and dedication were an important part of the Covenant team. As she turns a page in her life's story, we join together in wishing Mindy every success in all future endeavors.
Below, Mindy and staff at a breakfast in Mindy's honor.

Road Closure

If you have any information regarding congregation members please email the communication manager, Aisha Newton. She would love to highlight them in the enewsletter or social media.
Outreach Opportunities 

Saturday Tutoring Program "Wish List":  The tutoring program needs "gently used" items, including the following: 2 tablets, 3 computers, calculators for all ages as well as books and educational games. 

Part-Time Nursery Position Available:  We are looking for a child care worker to assist our wonderful Mihaela in caring for our littlest church members. This is a paid, part-time, (roughly 2 hours per Sunday during worship time), hourly position. If you, or someone you know might be interested, contact Melanie Marsh Baum

Apostle's Build Volunteers: On Sept. 8, Habitat for Humanity is looking for up to 12 volunteers to help install the panels of a fence and do some yard work from 9-3 pm in the Fairfax neighborhood. Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. If you would like to reserve spots please call Kim Pride at 216.325.5578. 

Spring Music Concerts 

August 17, 12:15-12:45 pm & Sunday, August 19, 11:00-11:30 am 
This week: While our Little Italy neighbors celebrate this weekend, we will host a concert of 18th and 19th century Italian music. The program has transcriptions of a Corelli violin sonata and a Scarlatti harpsichord sonata. There are also arrangements of opera Arias by Bellini and Verdi, including the drinking song from La Traviata (BYOB!).

Community Events

What:  A family fun day to celebrate the union of mind, body and spirit!
When:  Saturday August 18, 2018 10AM-6PM
Where:  5403 S Ridge W( RT 84) Ashtabula, OH 44004
Entrance fee $3 per person. Kids 12 and under get in free.
For more information follow @shrineofthehealingmasters on Facebook or call 440-969-1724
11205 Euclid Avenue  Cleveland, OH 44106
Wheelchair accessible

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